Trip Report: Australia (part 2) British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare


British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific’sThe Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX

British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare

We arrived to O’Hare like most other trips-on a CoachUSA bus from Milwaukee.  It drops us off right at the entrance to terminal 5 (O’Hare’s International terminal).  We walked right up to the Cathay Pacific First Class line and were checked in in just a few moments.  We  checked one bag and each had a carryon for this trip. We were given our boarding passes and told we had access to the British Airways First Lounge and we were on our way, partially escorted through security by our Cathay Pacific checkin agent.  After clearing security the British Airways First Lounge is not a far walk.

The agent in the lounge checked us in and we took our first looks at the lounge. I found it on the small side but not overcrowded initially and the furnishings and aesthetics fairly stylish.  The lounge was pretty peaceful for the most part and didn’t even have a TV.

British Airways First Class Lounge in ORD

British Airways First Class Lounge checkin desk

I walked over to the beverage selections and figured to get the trip started with a glass of Champagne. I also grabbed a large bottle of water for the wife and I to share at the table.

British Airways First Class Lounge beverage drinks

View of our plane from the lounge

British Airways First Class Lounge snacks

British Airways First Class Lounge food

British Airways First Class Lounge food

British Airways First Class Lounge Beverages

The Champagne on offer in the British Airways First Class Lounge

Our lounge seats had a direct view of the plane we were soon to board.  We watched the workers load the plane with baggage and catering while relaxing in the lounge. I must mention the windows were absolutely filthy and in need of a wash! I grabbed some small sandwiches which surprisingly were quite tasty but I didn’t want to spoil my appetite for the meals to be served on board thus my wife helped me finish off the sandwiches. After a while the lounge started filling up since it is small it doesn’t take more than 10-15 people to make it feel semi-crowded.

My Plate in the British Airways First Class Lounge

British Airways First Class Lounge seating

My wife watching the O’Hare Airport traffic through the (DIRTY) Lounge windows

After about an hour in the lounge my wife and I decided to walk over to the gate. The Lounge agent mentioned on checkin she would come and notify us when it was time to board but when we decided to leave she wasn’t in the lounge at all and turns out she was already at the gate.  It wasn’t quite yet time to board so we stood in line for about 10-15 minutes before they allowed first class passengers to board first.

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All set to board!!!

All in all a perfectly comfortable lounge with a healthy selection of beverages, adult and otherwise.  Plenty of snacks and fair food selection although no hot options however given how much food we would be served on our flight I wasn’t in need of a full hot buffet in the lounge. If you want a real, hot and tasty meal you might be better served by walking a short distance down the terminal to Rick Bayless’ establishment, Frontera in which it is typically well worth paying for.


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